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agent n

1 : someone or something that acts or exerts power
: a moving force in achieving some result
2 : a person guided or instigated by another in some action [where the heads of departments are the political…s of the executive, merely to execute the will of the president "Marbury v. Madison , 5 U.S. 137 (1803)"] see also innocent agent
3 a : a person or entity (as an employee or independent contractor) authorized to act on behalf of and under the control of another in dealing with third parties see also agency , fiduciary relationship , subagent compare fiduciary , principal , servant

apparent agent
: an agent acting under an agency by estoppel

bar·gain·ing agent
: a labor union that represents the employees in a bargaining unit in negotiating with their employer through collective bargaining

business agent
: an agent that handles business affairs for another person or organization
: a paid official of a union who carries on union business between the employees and the employer

collective bargaining agent
: bargaining agent in this entry

del cre·de·re agent
: an agent that guarantees to his or her principal that third parties involved in the transaction will pay or perform

exclusive agent
: an agent acting under an exclusive agency

general agent
: an agent acting under a general agency

legislative agent
: an agent (as for an interest group) that lobbies a legislature esp. professionally

managing agent
: an agent or employee of a corporation or other business entity who has a position that involves the use of judgment and discretion and who is considered under the law as capable of accepting service of process and answering questions under cross-examination on behalf of the business entity

ostensible agent
: an agent acting under an agency by estoppel

special agent
: an agent authorized to do one or more specific acts under particular instructions or within restrictions implied by the nature of the authorized acts
: an agent acting under a special agency compare general agent in this entry

transfer agent
: an officer, bank, or trust company that acts on behalf of a publicly held corporation in handling the transfer of stock and other securities and keeping records of the owners

universal agent
: an agent acting under a general agency
b : a representative of a corporation designated to accept service of process on behalf of the corporation usually as required by statute
c : a person or organization that finds buyers or tenants for real estate owners usually for a commission
d : an independent sales or service representative of an insurance company compare broker
4 a : a representative, emissary, or official of a government [a diplomatic ]
b : an employee of a government agency usually that is involved in law enforcement [seized by DEA s ]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.